There aren’t many directors out there who can create a lot of excitement simply by announcing the title of their next movie, but Quentin Tarantino is no ordinary director. Because his movies don’t come quite as frequently as we might like, fans obsess over every little detail that they can find. Up until now QT has been talking about doing a “southern” — that is, a western set in the Old South, dealing with slavery and racism in a very bold way. It now seems safe to say that this is definitely happening, because over the weekend Anne Thompson (and others) broke the news that the title of his next film will apparently be Django Unchained. The Quentin Tarantino Archives also have a picture of the script to prove it.
It seems pretty obvious that Tarantino is once again paying homage to another favourite film, that being Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 western Django. The story supposedly revolves around a freed slave named Django, who is trained by a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) and eventually frees his wife from an evil plantation owner. Basically it’s another revenge flick, and with the involvement of Christoph Waltz, it sounds like it will have a lot in common with Inglourious Basterds. Nothing wrong with that, right?
It has also been said that the movie is influenced by Elmore Leonard’s 40 Lashes Less One, a western novel that Tarantino owns the screen rights to. That story revolves around two Yuma prisoners (one black and one an Apache halfbreed) who are offered freedom in exchange for hunting down five dangerous outlaws. Either way, it looks to be another one of Tarantino’s patented mash-ups. Original Django star Franco Nero also has a role, as does Keith Carradine and Treat Williams, although the lead still has yet to be cast. Are you looking forward to Django Unchained?